Black Voters Matter Fund (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers)

Black Voters Matter Fund

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with CPIC. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

Our goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” We operate with the following 5 core beliefs:

  • The key to effective civic engagement is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure.
  • Black voters matter not only on election day, but on the 364 days between election days as well. We support individuals and organizations that are striving to obtain social justice throughout the year.
  • Black voters matter *everywhere*, including rural counties and smaller cities/towns that are often ignored by candidates, elected officials, political parties and the media.
  • In order for Black voters to matter, we must utilize authentic messaging which speaks to our issues, connects with our hopes and affirms our humanity.
  • The leadership, talent and commitment demonstrated by Black women in particular must receive recognition and, more importantly, *investment* in order to flourish and multiply.

BVM is an equal opportunity employer. BVM prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS

Georgia Voter Registration

  • Assist the BVM Georgia State Coordinator with voter registration drives
  • Coordinate with community-based partner organizations in 10 counties
  • Provide data-entry support for new registrations

Evaluation

  • Will assist with collecting and summarizing data related to BVM’s impact.
  • Successful intern will have knowledge of statistics, survey design and/or polling techniques
  • Experience with analyzing voter turnout data preferred
  • Will work with the BVM Political Director

Communications

  • Will assist the BVM Communications Director and Communications Manager with messaging related to BVM’s activities as well as amplifying the work of community-based partners in 10 states.
  • Assist with the development and distribution of press releases
  • Help monitor social media of national, state and local partners
  • Help create and disseminate flyers, one-pagers, reports and other materials
  • Help implement training activities for community-based partners (webinars, etc.)

Relational Organizing Tools

  • Help to facilitate usage of various technology tools and online portals related to relational organizing (i.e. MyRVP, Motivote, Ballot Ready, etc)
  • Assist with training community-based partners
  • Review data related to usage of various tools

2020 Intern Reflection

I have been working on two different assignments. My first one includes looking into police reforms in the different states the Fund works with and gather information from coordinators as well. The other assignment is to gather information on a spread sheet about Vote by mail specifically for the presidential election. I am looking into trends across the nation and specific qualifications for vote by mail in the different states the Fund works with. Office life does feel a little different because I am not physically with them, but it's also very nice to Zoom and video chat with the team.

-Lynn Yeboah '23

Atlanta, GA